NEW YORK — Compaq Computer introduced a new portable personal computer and a new desktop PC that use the advanced 80386 microprocessor from Intel Corp.
Announcing the new computers Tuesday, Compaq called its Portable 386 "pound-for-pound the most powerful computer ever built," and its Deskpro 386-20 "the fastest and most powerful personal computer available."
The computers are designed for experienced business users, Compaq said.
Japanese rival Toshiba Corp. beat Compaq to the punch last Friday by being the first to introduce a portable PC using the high-powered Intel chip, which has as much raw processing speed as the mainframe computers of a few years ago.
Compaq's Portable 386 "serves the increasing requirement for larger amounts of memory and improved system performance that has been fueled by the growing sophistication of large databases, complex spreadsheets and computer-aided design and engineering applications," Compaq President and Chief Executive Rod Canion told a news conference.